Ohio > Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon
Columbus, OH • Sunday, October 20, 2013 • Course Map
One of the nation's premiere marathon and half-marathon road race events -- according to both race organizers and many past participants -- is Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon, whose 2013 race will be its 34th annual, after more than 16,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line in 2012.
Both events share the same starting line, at the corner of Broad and High Streets near the Columbus City Center and Bicentennial Park, just a few blocks away from the bend in the Scioto River, which flows through the city.
From there, the field follows an eastward trek along East Broad Street, where they encounter the only real hills to speak of during the race, between miles 1 and 4. These hills only rise just over 50 feet in elevation and are marked by gradual inclines, however, so they're nothing to get too exercised about.
Along the way, runners and walkers -- this year's race is open to both, and both groups will share the same starting time -- pass the Columbus Museum of Art as well as the tree-lined greenspace of Franklin Park, perhaps best known for its conservatory, which was built in 1895 and is now home to more than 400 plant species from around the world.
Runners continue along Broad and make turns at Parkview, Maryland and North Columbus Avenues, making the turn on Caroline for the middle third of the half-marathon, which takes runners southward along Drexel Avenue, past the city's Jeffrey, Wolfe and Academy Parks.
Once they pass by Academy Park on the stretch of the race along Bryden Road (after hitting the half-way point on East Main Street), runners then follow a long straightway along Bryden toward the area of Columbus known as German Village. This 233-acre historic neighborhood area, characterized by its signature brick architecture for its buildings, streets and walkways, dates back to the 1800s, when it was originally settled by German immigrants to the city.
After passing through the German Village area, with turns onto Reinhard Avenue, Jaeger Street and Deshler Avenue, the course then hits the home stretch, taking runners northward along South High Street for the last two miles toward the finish line, which lies near the Nationwide Arena on Nationwide Boulevard. The last few miles are a nice treat for runners finishing up -- they're almost entirely flat the whole way in.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Ohio, about 100 miles northeast of Cincinnati and roughly 140 miles southwest of Cleveland, Columbus typically sees October temperatures that average between 43°F and 67°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.5 inches, making October the city's second-driest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Oct. 20), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 65°F.
View the race route map for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2013
$70 between April 1 - June 30
$80 between July 1 - 31
$90 between August 1 - 31
$100 after Aug. 31
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Columbus's Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at MarathonGuide.com.
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